PMC began working in Côte d’Ivoire in 2004. The annual population growth rate is 1.84 percent, which means the population will double in 30 years if left unchanged.
PMC broadcast one radio serial drama in Côte d’Ivoire, Cesiri Tono (“Fruits of Perseverance”), which addressed a number of health and social issues. Listeners were half as likely as non-listeners to prioritize educating boys over girls and 90 percent of listeners could identify at least one place where they could receive family planning and reproductive health services, compared to 80 percent of non-listeners.
Côte d’Ivoire is a country half the size of France with a population of around 22 million. In Côte d’Ivoire, more females have undergone female genital mutilation than attended secondary school: 38.2% v 24.6%. (UNICEF, 2012). Côte d’Ivoire has experienced political turmoil, which has displaced more than 1.7 million people. The displaced are some of the most vulnerable people, facing challenges such as sexual violence, HIV/AIDS, and lack of education. Women who have been displaced are three times more likely to encounter sexual violence.
The war also negatively impacted access to health facilities and the economy, exacerbating malnutrition and poor health, particularly for women and children. The 2008 UNICEF survey identified a staggering acute malnutrition rate of 17.5 percent in children under five, surpassing the emergency threshold of 15 percent. One in three children under the age of five suffers from chronic malnutrition, which is the main underlying cause of death. Côte d’Ivoire also suffers from an alarmingly high maternal mortality rate.